In this dual tale of mystery, lost treasure, and riddles, while Black Cat narrates the exciting events in Fern Lake, Kimberlee discovers a cryptic clue in a diary about a hidden treasure, and heads to Austria to solve the puzzle.
When Kimberlee and Dorian arrive in Austria, they attract the attention of a stalker determined to steal the diary in hopes the clues will lead him to the treasure first. On a collision course, it is inevitable that Kimberlee and the stalker meet in Hopfgarten.
Black Cat and Angel’s lives are endangered with the arrival of Kimberlee’s grandmother in Fern Lake, and the return of a man presumed dead for twenty-five years. With both arrivals, emotional and financial difficulties loom for Kimberlee's family. Since their return to Fern Lake, Angel seems reluctant or unable to adjust to her new home. Does she regret leaving Texas and Grandmother? And, when the opportunity arises, will she decide to leave Black Cat and Fern Lake?
Black Cat is back home with Kimberlee, along with his love, Angel. Between them (each taking the credit), they prompt Kimberlee to read Dewey's Diary - a manuscript she bought. This takes her down a rabbit hole in search of a treasure. It's all complicated though by the murder of her neighbor, who surprisingly has left her half of her lodge, and further complicated by the return of the neighbor's husband after 25 years.
Faber created a story of two mysteries - the murder and the treasure. There is a steady pace with Kimberlee's husband, Brett (a mystery writer by trade), left to keep house and take care of their baby while she goes to Austria to find the treasure. With historical references to the troops at Normandy and World War II, Faber effectively wove mystery with history. Fans of Faber's other books will not be disappointed.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.